Reefer Containers Unable to be Offloaded in Dalian (China)

The port of Dalian (NPRC) has been suffering from important operations disruptions in the last days, which is adversely impacting the ability to unload containers, especially reefers.

MSC cannot secure the discharge of reefer containers at the designated port where power source may be not available.

Consequently, where it is not possible to discharge some, or all, reefer containers, MSC has no option but to apply clause 19 of our Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill Terms and Conditions.

It means that the reefer containers may be discharged at an intermediate or alternative port and held there until it is possible to forward them to the designated port of discharge. In case the situation remains unchanged it may be necessary to abandon the voyage and advise you from where the container(s) may be collected.

Please note that in both cases MSC is entitled to charge to the Merchant additional freight and costs, including but not limited to, storage, demurrage, and plugging. A forfeit charge of USD 100 per day per Reefer Unit will be applied as from the fifth day of unload in the intermediate port of discharge.

Please note that MSC, with a view to contribute to the de-congestion of the port, suggests that portions of reefer business could choose alternative Chinese Port(s), though it should be observed that all the main ports in Asia are subject to heavy pressure and working almost at full utilization, thus the alternative places for unloading reefers are minimal.

In all cases the above-mentioned clause 19 will apply.

The delay to your cargo is beyond MSC‘s control and, for the avoidance of doubt, MSC is not liable for loss or damage caused by the delay.

We apologize for any disruption and delay that your cargo may experience. MSC will continue to monitor and implement necessary measures to minimize the effects of these unfortunate developments.

For specific questions please contact your MSC local agent.

Thank you for your understanding and support.